‘Christmas creep’: Amazon bumps shopping season up with Prime Day | US & Canada

Amazon.com Inc.’s two-day Prime Day sale kicked off on Tuesday and is expected to give the world’s largest e-commerce company an early advantage over brick-and-mortar rivals still contending with pandemic-spooked consumers wary of battling Black Friday crowds.

With Prime Day delayed to October from July this year, Amazon single-handedly could yank the pivotal holiday season forward – a long-predicted “Christmas creep.” More than three in four consumers plan to shop earlier this year than a year ago, with a third citing health and safety concerns, according to an International Council of Shopping Centers survey released Friday. Meanwhile a Harris Poll conducted with Bloomberg found that almost half of consumers plan to do most or all of their shopping on the web.

It’s a winning combination for Amazon and many of the merchants offering deals on the site. Perch, which sells women’s leggings, virtual-reality goggles and a range of other products

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Armadillo Christmas Bazaar cancels 2020 event, launches online shopping site – Entertainment – Austin 360

You’ll have to stay home with the Armadillo. After more than four decades as a holiday shopping tradition in Austin, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has announced there will be no in-person event this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

An online shopping site has been launched for those who still want to buy gifts from some of the Bazaar’s long-standing merchants. The Armadillo Art Concierge, at artconcierge.armadillobazaar.com, is a searchable site “allowing customers to browse and shop from the award-winning Armadillo Bazaar artists using curated searches or personal shopper concierge services,” according to a press release.

“Although we cannot safely have an event this season, we hope to still shine a light on all the incredible artists who, like so many other small businesses, lost their income when art shows across the country were cancelled

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Early Christmas shopping boosts UK retailers

HOMI 2020 is held in Milan, Italy, on January 25 2020. HOMI is the international lifestyle exhibition held annually in Milan, is dedicated to the world of home and the trends and novelties of contemporary living. The aim of the show is to define the evolution of the market and lifestyles trying to understand current trends and anticipate future desires. (Photo by Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A Santa Claus statue pictured at HOMI, the international lifestyle exhibition held annually in Milan, in January 2020. Photo: Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Brits have already begun Christmas shopping after pleas from retailers to get orders in early.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said on Tuesday there were signs that consumers had begun putting in their Christmas orders. It comes after IMRG, the industry body for online retailers, warned last month that order volumes were likely to be “very excessive” this year and urged shoppers to put in orders early to avoid late deliveries.

The BRC said retail sales rose by 5.6% in September, or 6.1% on a same-store basis. It marks the best monthly growth since December 2009, excluding Easters.

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“September sales have also given retailers early signs that consumers are starting their Christmas shopping earlier

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Biltmore Estate Introduces New Pop-Up Shopping Experience for Christmas

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The holiday season might look a little bit different at Biltmore this year, but the coronavirus pandemic isn’t stopping the Asheville landmark from celebrating its 125th Christmas in style.

Though Christmas at Biltmore officially kicks off with a virtual tree raising on November 4, this year, America’s largest home is helping proactive elves get a jump-start on their shopping with an all-new Christmas pop-up shop.

The Christmas at Biltmore Pop-Up Shop is the first of its kind at Biltmore. Open October 17 through January 9, the pop-up will be located in the estate’s European-inspired town, Antler Hill Village. You can find it in The Biltmore Legacy, the exhibition space within the Village that was most recently a stop in the beloved Downton Abbey exhibition.

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Antler Hill Village offers visits with Santa, a farmyard, outdoor fire pits, and a botanical model train display. Like the

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The Real Reason Carrie Underwood Released Her Christmas Album As Early as She Did

When country music superstar Carrie Underwood announced in the summer of 2020 that she planned on releasing her first-ever Christmas album, her fans went wild with excitement.

Considering that most Christmas albums release in late October, the Sept. 25 drop of Underwood’s My Gift was super early.

Here’s why the American Idol champ decided to gift her fans when she did.

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Underwood’s 1st holiday music album

Underwood announced in July 2020 of her plans to release her very first holiday music album, titled My Gift. While she’s performed holiday tunes in the past, My Gift marks her first complete album in the genre.

In the album’s trailer in July 2020 the mother of two revealed how she decided this was the year to release a holiday song collection.

“This year,” she said, “it was just kind of on my heart to do

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UFC Fight Island 5 Bonuses: Joaquin Buckley cashes in with ridiculous KO

Following Saturday’s UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen event at Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, the fight promotion announced the recipients of the performance-based bonuses.

In a night of spectacular finishes, four fighters were awarded an extra $50,000 for their talents inside the octagon. Joaquin Buckley, Cory Sandhagen, Chris Daukaus, and Tom Breese were awarded Performance of the Night bonuses.

Buckley made the most of his trip to “Fight Island,” scoring one of the most unbelievable knockouts in combat sports history. The highlight of the finish generated millions of likes and shares.

THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE KO IN UFC HISTORY 🤯 #UFCFightIsland5 pic.twitter.com/O7BOJg8h9c— UFC (@ufc) October 10, 2020

In the fight card’s main event, Sandhagen scored the biggest win of his career when he knocked out former title challenger and WSOF champion Marlon Moraes.

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Mariah Carey Teases Early Christmas Gift & Fans Think Ariana Grande Is Hopping in the Sleigh

Sure, it’s only October, but the Queen of Christmas is already whipping up some treats for the most wonderful time of the year.

Mariah Carey took to social media on Friday (Oct. 9) to tease a holiday gift, sharing a photo of three director’s chairs on the set of a project, with a Christmas tree emoji as the caption. The chairs feature the letters “MC,” “AG” and “JH,” and while MC are obviously Carey’s initials, fans are buzzing over who the other two collaborators could be.

The most prominent fan theory seems to be Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, while some are also suggesting that “JH” might be J-Hope from BTS. Carey has yet to officially confirm her two collaborators.

If the guesses are correct, this would hardly be Grande’s first dip into the Christmas pool. The star has released

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How The City’s Retail Witnessed A ‘Christmas’ Miracle, And Why Shopping Malls Aren’t Dying

Amid Hong Kong’s retail sales slump since last year’s social unrest, statistics have not shown favor to the city’s economic conditions, owing to the lack of tourism and continued political economy divide. The Census and Statistics Department revealed the total retail sales for August 2020 declined by 13.1% year-on-year, whereby the first eight months of the year saw a 30.2% negative in sales.

The largest category affected was of food and alcoholic drinks due to the third wave’s social distancing measures and dining regulations, which in effect spurred supermarket sales by 10.8% inspiring an additional uplift of 10.1% in electrical and other consumer durable goods for stay-at-home cooking. 

Yet, retailers and landlords have shown resilience as they had become well accustomed to the inevitable waves of Coronavirus cases causing suspension in several trades.

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Carrie Underwood on Chart-Topping ‘My Gift’: ‘It’s Been in My Heart to Do a Christmas Album For Years’

On the 56-year-old Top Country Albums chart, My Gift marks the 2005 American Idol winner’s record eighth consecutive career-opening No. 1. She passes Miranda Lambert, whose history on the survey encompasses seven leaders, most recently 2019’s Wildcard.

My Gift follows Underwood’s last LP, Cry Pretty, which arrived with 266,000 units in September 2018. Her run started with 2005’s Some Hearts, followed by Carnival Ride (2007), Play On (2009), Blown Away (2012), Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (2014) and Storyteller (2015).

My Gift was produced by Greg Wells and includes eight traditional and three original songs. John Legend duets on new composition “Hallelujah” and Underwood’s five-year-old son, Isaiah Fisher, is featured on “Little Drummer Boy.” Isaiah makes his own Billboard chart debut, as “Little Drummer Boy” enters Christian Digital Song Sales at No. 8 and the multi-metric Hot Christian Songs chart at No. 45.

The LP also arrives at

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International Gift Delivery Company Connects Everyone for Christmas Despite Coronavirus

ARLINGTON, Mass., Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — GiftBasketsOverseas.com (GBO), the experts in international gift delivery, announces its preparations to make the holiday season successful. From expanding its gift offering to include this year’s hottest gifts to growing its remote-work team, and adding MORE services, the company commits excellence in spite of a global pandemic.

“This is a difficult time for everyone with social distancing and travel restrictions, and that makes it even more important to connect loved ones, friends, and colleagues,” says Dmitriy Peregudov, CEO of the company. “We’ve doubled down on our commitment to ensuring the holidays are full of generosity and great gifts for as many people as possible around the world.”

First, GBO expanded its team. From developers for

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